A Ritual Of Gestures

Stand in the area you have chosen for your ritual. Still your thoughts.

Breathe deeply half a minute or so until composed and calm. Turn your mind to your Deities.

Face North. Lift both hands to waist height, palms down. Press your fingers together creating two solid, flat planes. Sense solidity, foundation, fertility. Invoke the powers of Earth through the gesture.

Moments later turn toward the East. Raise your hands a foot higher, your palms facing away from you (no longer parallel with the ground), and elbows slightly bent. Spread your fingers and hold this position, sensing movement and communication. Invoke the forces of Air through this gesture.

Face South. Life your hands fully above your head. Keeping the elbows straight, grasp your fingers into tight fists. Feel force, power, creation and destruction. Invoke the forces of Fire through this gesture.

Turn to the West. Lower your hands a foot or so. Bend the elbows, turn yourpalms upward and cup them, pressing the thumbs against the forefingers.Sense fluidity, the ocean, liquidity. Invoke the force of Water through the gesture.

Face North again. Throw your head back and raise both hands to the sky, palms up, fingers spread. Drink in the essence of The One, the unknowable, unapproachable ultimate source of all. Sense the mysteries within the Universe.

Lower your projective hand but keep your receptive hand high. Pressing the third, fourth and fifth fingers against the palm, lift the forefinger and thumb to create a rough crescent shape. Sense the reality of the Goddess. Sense her love, her fertility, her compassion. Sense the powers of the Moon
in the gesture; the force of the eternal seas – the presence of the Goddess.

Lower your receptive hand, lift your projective hand. Bend down the middle and fourth fingers toward the palm, and trap them with the thumb. Lift the forefinger and little finger up to the sky, creating a horned image. Sense the reality of the God. Sense the power of the Sun in the gesture; the
untamed energies of the woodlands – the presence of the God.

Lower your projective hand. Lay down flat. Spread your legs and arms until you’ve created the pattern of a pentagram. Sense the powers of the elements running through you; merging and coalescing into your being. Sense them as emanations from the One, the Goddess and God.

Meditate. Commune. Communicate.

When finished, simply stand up. Your ritual is over.

by Scott Cunningham